I have a Mac Mini (with USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port, and one Ethernet port) and two MacBooks (both with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 but no Ethernet ports).
I want to use the Mac Mini as a central repository (essentially a NAS or external hard drive) for video footage that the two MacBooks can transfer files from at the highest possible speed.
I've considered and researched the following things and haven't found a solution:
- USB 3.0 male to male crossover cables (don't exist)
- Ethernet crossover cable network (MacBooks don't have Ethernet jacks, would this work with Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapters?)
- daisy-chaining Mac Mini → MacBook 1 → MacBook 2 using Thunderbolt (not sure if this is possible, can any body verify?)
If none of these options are possible, I guess I'll have to connect the Mini to the network via Ethernet and hope transfer speeds are decent.